If you are being investigated or have been accused of a crime, you are no doubt concerned about your freedom and your future. Depending on the circumstances, the penalties for a conviction can be serious — imprisonment, fines, and probation. The collateral consequences, such as the loss of your civil rights and damage to your reputation, will be long-lasting. When the stakes are so high, it is crucial to have first-rate legal representation.
My.Attorney is a premier criminal defense practice serving clients throughout the state of Florida. Although state and federal prosecutors have an unfair advantage over criminal defendants, we leverage our knowledge and skill to level the playing field. Well-versed in the applicable criminal statutes, we have a well-earned reputation for being dedicated advocates and formidable trial attorneys. When you become our client, we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and preserve your freedom. For a free evaluation of your case, download the My.Attorney app today.
Common Florida Criminal Defense Cases
The criminal defense team at My.Attorney has over 25 years of experience defending clients against a wide range of criminal offenses, including:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) — In Florida, as in every state, DUI laws are strictly enforced. You can be charged with DUI for operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent, or not having normal use of your faculties while operating a motor vehicle. DUI charges also apply for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication. In any event, a DUI conviction can result in significant fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment. It takes a highly skilled criminal defense attorney to handle your DUI charges.
- Drug crimes — Given that Florida is a gateway for drug trafficking, narcotics laws are strictly enforced in the state. Whether you are facing state or federal drug charges, from possession to manufacturing, distributing, trafficking, or prescription fraud, a conviction for a drug offense can result in a lengthy prison sentence and heavy fines. While prosecutors take a tough stance on crime, a number of valid defenses can be asserted against drug crimes.
- Theft crimes — Taking another’s property with the intent to deprive the owner of it, whether temporarily or permanently, is considered larceny. There are a wide variety of theft charges under Florida law — shoplifting, grand larceny, burglary, dealing in stolen merchandise, and auto theft. The penalties for theft are determined by the value of the property that was taken and whether there are aggravating factors, such as the use of a weapon during the commission of the crime.
- Violent crimes — Offenses that involve the use of physical force or a weapon to cause injury, or the threat of injury, to another person, such as assault, burglary, robbery, kidnapping, sexual assault, weapons offenses, manslaughter, and murder. Violent crimes are typically charged as felonies, punishable by imprisonment, fines, probation and mandatory rehabilitation or counseling.
- Domestic violence — Any act, or threat of violence, against an individual with whom the perpetrator has or had a close relationship. This includes a current or former spouse, a parent, child, romantic partner, or anyone sharing the same household. A conviction for domestic violence can result in serious penalties, including imprisonment, fines, probation, and/or a permanent restraining order. You may also lose the right to own or possess a firearm and may be denied access to your children.
- Sex Crimes — Sex crimes may involve forced or non-consensual contact, certain consensual acts (e.g. prostitution/solicitation), and may not even involve “contact” (e.g. child pornography, indecent exposure). Whether you have been charged with sexual assault, sexual battery (rape), child molestation, or any other sex crime, the public’s inclination to believe the victim makes having aggressive legal representation essential.
- Gun/Weapon-related crimes — Although the right to bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, gun laws are strictly enforced in Florida. A conviction for a violation of gun possession, concealed carry, stand your ground or any other weapons offense can result in imprisonment, fines, and other penalties.
- White Collar Crime — Nonviolent crimes that involve elements of deceit and concealment, often referred to as fraud, and are motivated by financial gain, include: bribery, embezzlement, extortion, forgery, falsifying business records, bank fraud, credit card fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, identity theft, mail fraud/wire fraud.
Federal Criminal Defense
In addition to state charges, we also handle a wide range of federal offenses, including:
- Drug crimes
- Bank fraud
- Credit card fraud
- Tax fraud
- Cyber crimes
- Immigration crimes
- RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) violations
- Weapons charges
Although a conviction for a federal crime may lead to imprisonment, fines and the loss of many of your civil rights, we have the skills and resources to level protect your rights and preserve your freedom.
Contact Our Florida Criminal Defense Attorney
Being accused of a crime is a frightening experience and dealing with the criminal justice system can be complicated and confusing. The best decision you can make for your future is to work with the right criminal defense attorney. At My.Attorney, we start by presuming that you are innocent, knowing that the prosecution must be able to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. We will take the time to fully explain the charges against you, conduct an exhaustive investigation, collaborate with credentialed private investigators and criminal experts when necessary, and choose the best course of action.
Our objective is to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Above all, we will always put your best interests first and work tirelessly to protect your rights. For a free consultation, download the My.Attorney app today. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can start defending your freedom.